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  • Summary: Marvel's first family of superheroes, The Fantastic Four, meets their greatest challenge yet in The Rise of the Silver Surfer as the enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare for its destruction. [20th Century Fox]


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. It's almost a surprise that the sequel is actually better - much better - than the original.
  2. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, is . . . well . . . not terrible. In fact, "Rise of the Silver Surfer" is roughly 300 percent less cringe-inducing than its predecessor.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    It's a decent comic-book movie that delivers its goods with good humor and a minimum of bloat.
  4. 50
    More ambitious than its predecessor. It's also more cluttered and less fleet: The light, pleasingly casual quality of the first picture has evolved into something forced and metallic.
  5. Earnest, gee-whiz and foursquare, this simple and intentionally inoffensive sequel gets points for being easy to take and scrupulously avoiding obvious sources of irritation.
  6. 50
    The early dilemma in "Rise of the Silver Surfer " is this: Save the world or marry Jessica Alba . Your conscience says, "Save the world." But the Maxim reader in you knows better.
  7. Surely the dullest of Hollywood's many comic-book-derived summer movies, "Silver Surfer" is drearier than corn dying in the Iowa sun, slower than molasses in Antarctica.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 92
  2. Negative: 26 out of 92
  1. JCA.
    Oct 6, 2007
    Very good, the best superhero film ever since X2.
  2. JonH.
    Jun 15, 2007
    JUST got back from the midnight showing. Now, I'm biased because the FF are my favorite superheroes, period. But even I have to admit JUST got back from the midnight showing. Now, I'm biased because the FF are my favorite superheroes, period. But even I have to admit the first one was pretty hum drum. I went into this with a mixture of dread and hope. I have to say, I really, really liked it. To me, this was a proper Fantastic Four movie. About 20 times better than Spider-man 3 for sure. The Silver Surfer, the Fantasticar, Doctor Doom... everything felt so right. It's not nearly as brainless as some critics make it out be. There's genuine warmth between the characters, and there is some growth. In the FF's world, there's no cloud of death hanging over them ala Spider-man that drives their sense of responsibility. Their scientists who go on fun adventures, enjoying their powers and trying not to kill eachother when their familial bonds get to be too much. Their not being hunted and spurned by a world who hates them ala X-men. There's not a lot of pathos, so maybe that makes them seem shallow. But it's not that simple. There are a lot of inter-relationship issues that stem from being a family. It's this, set against the backdrop of all these crazy adventures, that makes the team what they are. The first movie felt sort of forced in places, and didn't have nearly the scale an FF movie should. This movie was much better. I'd like to see more exploring, more strange worlds, etc in a future movie, but this was a step in the right direction. It had more of a global feel. Also, Julian McMahon totally redeemed himself as Doom. He was really cool. If anything, I want to see more adventures of this team now. It was very short. A perfectly paced 90 minutes (which was refreshing after the over-long, sometimes boring Spider-man.) Oh, and the thing that most people are in a tizzy about? Didn't bother me a bit. Expand
  3. Aug 11, 2015
    Tim Story's sequel is a largely an improvement to it's predecessor, but it still has the problems that the first film had it's poorly editedTim Story's sequel is a largely an improvement to it's predecessor, but it still has the problems that the first film had it's poorly edited and it's riddled with the cliche's also it's a boring story and plot. Fantastic 4: Rise-Of The Silver Surfer is an interesting film but screenwriters Mark Frost and Don Payne at least keep the film going and keeps us interested with the story and not make it boring like the last one. The franchise still goes in it care-free direction, but it does something that the first one hasn't done yet and that is entertaining enough, the first one wasn't entertaining it just gave us a cheesy super hero story and mindless action sequences it was boring. Hack du-jour Tim Story has returned to direct, Story gives us non accurate action sequences but he actually does not make the fun invisible, he actually goes CGI crazy delivering scene after scene. But at this at this point he should just make comedies instead, he does not how know this action genre at all. The comedic timing was off and it didn't work. The villain is weak the only reason he is there is just trying to take the team down that's the only reason the character has no motivation. The cast does have some chemistry, that's what makes the movies watchable. After defeating Von Doom, the Fantastic Four can really enjoy life more. All four are now comfortable with their new powers. The Thing and Johnny Storm now get along with each other, and Sue Storm is now planning to be Mrs. Fantastic. Galactus, an evil creature in space, has decided that Earth is it's new target, and sends the Silver Surfer to destroy it. Reed Richards and his team must now work together to capture this surfer, and even must now team up with one individual who they didn't expect to help. Grade C+ Expand
  4. JoeyK.
    Jun 21, 2007
    Comic bookery at it's lamest. It didn't feel like a superhero movie, it was more like Star Wars meets a really bad episode of Star Comic bookery at it's lamest. It didn't feel like a superhero movie, it was more like Star Wars meets a really bad episode of Star Trek. A lot like that, in fact. Darth Sidious, a speeder bike chase, and a nonsensical tachyon pulse were all in the movie for godsake. All the banter and interaction of the characters is intact. Susan Storm winds up naked in the middle of a crowd yet again. There are some kickass super power scenes. All that jazz. In fact, that was the redeeming part of the movie, IMO. Individual bits of the film made it enjoyable to watch, even though as a whole, it was a stupid, cliche, derivative bad sci-fi movie. It's worth watching if you're into stupid fun movies, but don't just check your brain at the door, leave it at home, in a safe buried in the backyard. Expand
  5. Dec 2, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. There the sequel of the Fantastic Four , where they were Jessica Alba, Chris Evans , and know that with silver surfer , because I know that no , but it was a fantastic family adventure , the first was enjoyable, than today , Hey! Ave Maria! What a shame , because this most Evans Captain America more in line with the Human Torch , LOL ! He gave me as laughter and also a little ignorance . Expand
  6. Nov 12, 2012
    With not much to work with, the folks behind this sour sequel to the first Fantastic failure, manage to make a bad thing even worse.
  7. KrisKross
    Jun 13, 2007
    [***SPOILERS***] As difficult as it was, I decided to view 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer' as a film, not as a chance [***SPOILERS***] As difficult as it was, I decided to view 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer' as a film, not as a chance for redeeming a franchise. I thought this method might take away any fan boy predilections I had, in anticipation of this second installment to 'The Fantastic Four' universe. So, for a moment let's forget that the first film was without artistic merit. Let's forget that the story about a family of superheroes is arguably the most adored of all comic book properties. 'Rise of the Silver Surfer', opens with a planet light-years away, being obliterated. After the opening credits, we are on Earth getting ready for Sue Storm and Reed Richards to tie the knot. During the preparation, the scientist instead of concentrating on the details of his impending nuptials is busy studying a cosmic anomaly. We soon find out that this cosmic energy is in fact an alien on a surfboard zooming down to Earth to prepare it for destruction. These two story lines are the principle actions guiding the story. There are two other subplots. One is in regards to Dr. Doom being 'resurrected,' while the other involves Johnny Storm's selfish nature endangering his family. Four plots that should make an epic film span a terribly short running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Did it work? Did they abandon the goofy nature of the first film and reinvigorate the franchise with an epic story about the fate of the entire planet. No on both counts. The humor is entirely aimed at children (which goes along with its PG rating.) 'Thing' is played for laughs without any degree of intensity. Johnny Storm's crisis of conscience robs all of the charisma established in the first (even if it wasn't much.) Sue Storm is more of a nag than an asset to the team. In addition, there is nothing to signify Reed Richards as the leader to a powerful team of superheroes. He comes off as a self-esteem deprived, blow hard jackass. There isn't one iota of chemistry between any of the characters. The wretched family dynamics are trumped only by Dr. Doom, who can only be described as the worst villain to ever grace the screen. Julian McMahon's portrayal of Victor Von Doom seems barely suited for a Sci-Fi cable channel movie, let alone a mega-budget studio film (not that they always choose the best talent, but come on!). For a story such as this, the amount of claustrophobia throughout, borders on pure agony. It lacks anything even resembling 'scope of vision.' The only audience 'Rise of the Silver Surfer' is suited for is children between the ages of 5 & 10. Anyone over that age looking for an entertaining piece of escapism will run into a wall of condescension. Now, let's look at it with comic-book eyes. As most may know, The Silver Surfer works for a planet-devouring villain, Galactus. The Surfer scouts out planets, using his board as a cosmic beacon for Galactus to follow. There is no definition, no rules; they just make them up as they go along. There is no Watcher, so we are told about Galactus through an unbearably cheesy heart-to-heart with Sue and The Surfer. There isn't a shred of genuine impending doom because they never establish what Galactus really is (in the press kit, under character description, it should just read-big damn tornado). The director Tim Story and his band of screenwriters have once again broken the hearts of FF fans all over. They have no respect. They have no understanding on what makes the 'Fantastic Four' story work, or any story for that matter. I gave Tim Story a break the first time around, but not this time. He should'V looked back at the first one, compared it to the comic book films that work and just said, "Damn! I gotta sit this one out before I do it all over again!" However, he didn't do that. He looked at the numbers from the first one and assumed that money always equals success. Now as for the screenwriters; give them a Cartoon Network show and let them have at it. If they have any talent, it could be realized there. However, FF2 wasn't a total failure. The Surfer is phenomenal (with the exception being Lawrence Fishburne's distracting voice). His entire body seemed to be in constant motion. I was mesmerized for every moment he was on screen. The special effects team did an outstanding job. However, what is perplexing about the look of the Surfer is what it did to the other special effects. Reed's ability to stretch looked even more unnatural than in the first. Sue's shield, Johnny's fire, everything else was sidelined. It was as if the team only concentrated on The Surfer. I have been teetering on the edge of spoiling the end. I won't, but damn I want to. Any self-respecting Silver Surfer fan would scream! It is horrible. It makes no sense and it will enrage fans even more than Alba being cast as Sue Storm. I will only say this-Hollywood Cop Out. No doubt, this movie will make money. I was shocked by the public's positive reaction to the first film. Audiences will be so dazzled by the effects that they will forget that they are watching a terrible movie. I knew in my heart it would happen, but I had hoped our optimistic nature would pay off. I was wrong. I won't make that mistake again, no matter what the 'Fantastic Four' future may hold. 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer' is a disrespectful, sleight of hand circus show devoid of any elements that make a movie a movie. Expand

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